Heather Maloney Band, Madison Lucas, My Blue Hope

Heather Maloney Band

Heather Maloney’s journey to finding herself as a singer-songwriter took some unexpected routes. She studied classical operatic, improvisational jazz vocals, and music theory for several years in New Jersey, in addition to a brief stint studying classical Indian vocals with a tutor. “My first shows were jazz, in New York City. I love jazz, but it didn’t feel like where I belonged. Neither did opera. I was grasping to find what felt like home,” she says. “I needed to do something kind of radical.”

Maloney found herself at a silent meditation retreat center in Central Massachusetts. She lived and worked there for nearly 3 years, taking vows of silence from seven to ten days at a time. The silence, oddly enough, became conducive to finding one’s true voice. "The biggest motivating factor in writing was probably the experiences I was having in my meditation practice... There was the difficulty of it, the suffering of it, and wanting to channel that into something creative, and on the positive side, the insights that came out of my experiences. In my cottage away from the designated silent area, I just sang, and wrote, and cried. And for the first time, I felt I was using my voice in an authentic way.”

This was the breakthrough Maloney had been waiting for, the first moment she had a reason to get up on stage. Armed with guitar and her fresh sense of purpose, Maloney traversed across the northeast – playing coffeehouses, libraries, and even meditation centers – before eventually getting signing with celebrated independent record label Signature Sounds (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter). Maloney’s self-titled label debut followed in 2013, launching her from the small stages of New England to nationwide audiences, sharing stages with renowned musicians like Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Shakey Graves, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Anais Mitchell, among others.

In 2014, Maloney released a collaborative EP with Boston quartet Darlingside called Woodstock, on which she covers Joni Mitchell’s anthemic “Woodstock” - and absolutely nails it. A video of the session ended up on the New York Times website and gained momentum with praise from Graham Nash, who was among the first to cover Mitchell’s “Woodstock” in 1970. The ensuing nation-wide collaborative tour with Darlingiside gave birth to new experiences, emotions, and perspectives. Maloney began to find moments in the van, in hotel rooms and on days off at home to write the songs that would eventually become her album, "Making Me Break."

Maloney feels this record is the closest she’s ever been to the sound that’s truly herself. “As an artist I’m constantly changing. But I think we cracked the code on blending the two worlds here,” says Maloney. For now, her distinctive voice has soared a long way from the silent confines of hushed meditation, and into a natural equilibrium of progressive Indie-Folk. Mission Accomplished.

Madison Lucas

Madison Lucas is a singer-songwriter currently living in Charlotte, NC. She taught herself to play guitar from a Beatles songbook that she purchased at a second-hand record store at the age of 17. She began writing songs at the age of 20 in her college dorm room at Coastal Carolina University (Myrtle Beach, SC) while obtaining a bachelor's degree in marketing and performing at open mics in the area. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown (Great Falls, SC) and continued writing songs on piano and guitar in her bedroom while working in Charlotte, NC. During the summer of 2010 she met musicians Jason Mauer and Chris Reed from Winnsboro, SC. They collaborated to create 'The Bedroom EP' which is now available at Manifest Discs in Columbia, SC and for download at http://madisonlucas.bandcamp.com/.

My Blue Hope

My Blue Hope is the music written and performed by Aaron Lawrence, a singer/songwriter performing out of the Charlotte area since 2011. Sometimes My Blue Hope is a solo acoustic act, at other times, a loud in your face full band experience. From the start the focus has been on creating music people can feel for themselves. Songs that are emotionally raw and powerful. My Blue Hope has developed a sound that is familiar and yet stands out as unique in its delivery. "Music has the ability to change and to connect us. To make us feel larger than the sum of all of our parts.Sometimes music is needed to smile with, and to remind us of what we have. Other times we need something that mirrors our feelings in times of despair; to cry with; but in other ways, to know we are not alone in our sorrows. The emotions of humanity are universal. This is a reflection of all that we are. Something to enjoy. Something to cling to. Something to love. This is My Blue Hope." My Blue Hopes first demo LP is currently being recorded, and should be ready for release very soon.



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